Blog changes

Thanks to everyone who followed Training Because I Can! over the last nine years. This blog started with Addison's Disease, hypothyroidism and a crazy idea of doing an Ironman distance triathlon. My life has changed and so has this blog. I am using this blog strictly for Addison's Support topics from here on out. I hope to continue providing people with hints for living life well with adrenal insufficiency.

Friday, February 4, 2011

MdS training

Several people have asked what I'm doing for Marathon des Sables training. Here ya go...

November 2010 REST 
After Antelope Island 100K and State Your Intentions the following weekend, I took the rest of November off.  It was a good chance to think about the past year and the upcoming year.  My mind needed to rest as much as my body did.  2010 was tough, the year began with a stress fracture of the neck of my right femur.  In June, I developed a sinus infection that I ignored.  By August, it did not disappear and developed into bronchitis.  On the positive side, the stress fracture started me on a quest to streak again.  I've done a mile a day (walked, ran and/or crawled) since February 13, 2010!

December 2010 PATHETIC RETURN 
I came up with a training plan based on Bryon Powell's MdS running plan.  Bryon's site, is awesome for ultrarunners and aspiring ultrarunners!  I HAVE TO plan out my runs, exercise and movement or I will find other things to do that don't involve exercise.  I started out slow, mostly walking.  I finally realized that I ran very little last year.  I got into a bad habit from the stress fracture and sickness.  I didn't push myself.  Slowly, slowly, I started pushing myself to run a little bit and a little faster.  Seriously, slowly.  I was running .5 of a mile at 4.5 miles an hour and then walking the rest.  I started doing yoga every Tuesday and The Practice on Sunday a month at Yoga Tejas.  Yoga has been just what I needed mentally and physically.  We are lucky to have such a great yoga studio in Teton Valley, Idaho!

In January, I finally added some body weight exercises and pull-ups, lots and lots of pull-ups.  I really want to take part in the Teton High School's Cross Fit program but the timing and drive just won't work into my schedule.  Coach Schumacher gave me a fantastic handout with sample workouts.  I'm using that once or twice a week.  I'm increasing speed and duration with my running.  Some of you will laugh at this but I have worked up to running 5.1 to 5.5 mph for about an hour before I have to walk!  Last Sunday I started in on pack training.  I did too much too fast.  My right hip really paid for it.  After some nights with cocktails to dull the pain and fear (of breaking that hip again), I realized I ought to try upping my hydrocortisone.  All better with more HC!  Definitely muscular pain.

February 2011 PEAK TRAINING
This month and next will be full of pack training, speeding up and a few long runs.  I'm also starting plyometrics.  Heat training will start next month, right before I leave for Morocco.  Heat training will be the hardest part of all of the training.  I will have to drive to Jackson, Wyoming six days a week for three weeks to use a sauna.

My training plan

 If you want to see what I've actually done, usually much less than I have planned, CLICK HERE.  I don't tend to do the biking on Wednesday although I should.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Teton Pass run

Grand Teton on a cold morning

As much as I'd like to post my MdS training plan, I'm more interested in posting pics from the weekend.  The running is going great despite soreness from starting pack training. 

Friday morning, I didn't want to exercise but I did anyway because Joanne said she would skate ski with me.  It was stunningly beautiful.  Very cold.  The picture above is from the same morning.  The skate was nice.  Short, sweet and with Joanne's company.

Friday night, I got stuff together for Saturday's run.
Part of training for MdS is getting used to carrying a pack with weight.  During the race, you carry everything you will need except the tent.  Runners are given water at most check points.  Mike Ehredt (who recently ran across the United States and has done MdS) suggested flour as a weight because it is comfortable because it conforms to one's back.  He was right, the flour was comfortable.  The after effects of carrying a 13 pound pack were not so comfortable.  My legs are SORE!

One of my minor New Year's resolutions was that I would get up and out early to do my runs.  I have been quite successful with this resolution BUT, damn, it's cold at 6:30 am.  The wind was blowing and I was really uncomfortable for about 3 to 5 minutes.  I warmed up quickly as the sun rose.

One reason I don't like running on the road in the winter is that the shoulder is really small.  Another is that there are no "bathrooms".  The snow in the picture above is about four feet tall.  Even if I decided to climb up the four foot wall of snow, I'd be on total display for every passing car.  Creativity is needed to use the restroom when you run on roads around here in the winter!

I'm not sure if you'll be able to see this very well.  This is the plowed pile of snow in the Coal Creek Canyon parking lot.  Skiers have carved out a seat so they can relax while waiting to hitch a ride back to the top of the Pass.  It was comfortable, I sat on it.

Taylor Mountain once again.  If you look closely (you might have to click on the picture to expand it), you will be able to see ski tracks.

The view of Taylor from the road.  It's beautiful.

Steep, 10% grade and a 13 pound pack are reasons my legs, shoulders and hips are sore.

A view toward the west from Teton Pass.  Ski tracks again.